What does the purple Lightsaber mean?

Lightsabers were first introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope all the way back in 1977. Since then, they have remained as one of the most popular fictional weapons in all of media. Although it’s not mentioned in any of the movies, the power source of the Lightsaber is something called a Kyber crystal. This crystal sits in the Lightsaber hilt and concentrates it’s energy through the Force, resonating with it. It produces the energy beam as well as it’s color once it has been attuned with the Jedi that activates it.

The most common Lightsaber colors are Blue and Green for Jedi and Red for sith. The rarest color (at least in the movies) is purple. Here is what it means.

Purple Lightsaber Meaning

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A purple Lightsaber means that the user who wields it possesses some moral ambiguity. This is due to the fact that purple is a mix of Jedi blue and Sith red.

Those who wield a purple Lightsaber typically have an aggressive fighting style and use both light and dark side techniques. The most famous character to use this color Lightsaber is Jedi Master Mace Windu.

Behind the scenes

When Samuel L.Jackson played Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel movies, the actor specifically requested a purple Lightsaber. He did this so that he could easily identify himself on screen, even in large scale battle scenes, like those in Attack of the Clones. That request was accepted by Star Wars creator George Lucas and became the first time fans saw a purple Lightsaber on the big screen.

Attack of the Clones (Lucasfilm)

We had this big arena fight scene with all these Jedi, and I was like, ‘I want to be able to find myself in this scene.’ I said to George, ‘You think I can get a purple lightsaber? I’m like the second baddest Jedi in the universe.’

Samuel L.Jackson
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